Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium | From PBS OffBook

"GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off Book, we chart their history, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form into powerful new visual experiences."

Via http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/08/pbs-traces-the-history-of-animated-gifs-de...

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Minimalist RGB Transition

Mesmerizingly simple, love it.

A video image consists of three primary components - red, green and blue. For this work each component channel was fed a differently timed sequence of 50 common video transitions. As the three components recombine to create a video image; constantly changing forms and colours are revealed. Made by Timothy Evans in collaboration with Daniel Eatock. Found via http://www.triangulationblog.com/2011/11/rgb-transition.html

Creepy Cartoon Collection, 1928-1940

Haunted House, Koko the Clown, 1928

La Danza Macabra The Skeleton Dance, Walt Disney, 1929

Betty Boop Halloween Party, 1933 (Banned Cartoons)

Scrappy's Ghost Story, 1935

The Evil Snowman, 1940

"Edit of a genuine PD cartoon from 1940, The Snow Man - guaranteed to scare the pants off you and make small children cry. It's hard to believe this cartoon was ever shown to little kids!"